Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Set in a wooded stream valley, Gulf Branch Natural Area preserves and protects wildlife habitat while serving as an educational resource for the public. As a sanctuary in an urbanized setting, there's always something new to see!



The Nature Center, staffed by friendly naturalists, houses exhibits about local natural and cultural history including live animals, an observation bee hive, and the permanent exhibit 'The Woodland Indians of Arlington.' Outside, visitors may explore wooded trails, the stream, the pond, or the 3/4 mile trail to the Potomac River. Also located at the park are the Robert Walker log house and a working forge operated by the Blacksmith's Guild of the Potomac.

All of our programs and events can be found in our quarterly publication, The Snag. Come in and pick-up a copy or access it on-line: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/nature/TheSnag.aspx
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  • I haven't been inside the nature center itself (closed due to the pandemic), but had a truly fantastic time outdoors. I live nearby but had never heard of this place until I saw a photo on instagram.....  more
    I haven't been inside the nature center itself (closed due to the pandemic), but had a truly fantastic time outdoors. I live nearby but had never heard of this place until I saw a photo on instagram.....  more »
  • This place is just awesome! Great trails, where you can hike up or down. If you hike up you get to the top and can look down unto the river, If you go down you actually get to the river where you.....  more
    This place is just awesome! Great trails, where you can hike up or down. If you hike up you get to the top and can look down unto the river, If you go down you actually get to the river where you.....  more »
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  • Went here with two small kids (2&4) and it was an easy and pleasant trail. It is well maintained and very clean.
  • Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park is a great neighborhood green space. There's a small parking lot by the small nature center that does programming in non-pandemic times. Attached to the center is an outdoor terrace with chairs and a caged area for an owl. Just outside of the nature center is a small pond, a 1871 restored log cabin and an old blacksmith. This is where the trail starts that takes you into different Arlington neighborhoods and to an area with picnic tables and tennis courts. Benches are along the way and a small bridge over a creek.

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